David Mcloughlin is the Representative in Papua Guinea leading a country programme aimed at addressing inequality so that all children and adolescents access the services necessary to fulfil their rights in Health, Nutrition, Education, Child Protection and Water and Sanitation Hygiene.
Prior to arriving in Papua New Guinea in early 2018 to take up his post, Mr. Mcloughlin served at a very senior level in UNICEF Geneva as the Deputy Regional Director for 21 UNICEF country offices in Europe and Central Asia. Before this, Mr. Mcloughlin was the Deputy Country Representative in UNICEF China and UNICEF India where he was responsible for high level collaboration with multiple Government Ministries and provided coordination responsibilities for UNICEF’s programmes. He also headed the UN Country Team and Government of India Disaster Management Team.
Since joining UNICEF in 2005, Mr. Mcloughlin has worked in UNICEF Afghanistan as Chief of Education with extended periods as Office in Charge for the Deputy Representative and Representative roles. In these roles, Mr. Mcloughlin, who also was the Director of Afghanistan Government and UN Joint Programme, worked closely on Cross Border Education and Health issues.
Mr. Mcloughlin has worked in various senior roles including a stint in Afghanistan in 2003 as Head of the Education Coordination Unit within the Ministry of Education under a World Food Programme, extending eventually to a Deputy Country Director post; an International Observer with UNESCO in 2000 under a ‘Oil for Food’ programme in Iraq and UNESCO Head of Office in Northern Iraq in 2001 for two years.
An Australian national from Tasmania, Mr. Mcloughlin’s professional background in Education began in 1977 when he obtained a Master in Education degree at the University of Tasmania. He started off as a teacher in the Australian Ministry of Education in 1978 before being promoted to Principal Director and Executive Advisor to the Minister for Education at the tender age of 25. Being a keen all-round sportsperson, Mr. Mcloughlin was elected Swimming Coach of the Commonwealth Pacific School Games in 1989.
Mr. Mcloughlin is married, has one son and three beautiful grandchildren and is still a dedicated sports follower.